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CdV P096 Drum n bass special

It doesn’t seem so long ago that we had a drum n bass show, but such is the dynamism and freshness of the scene at the moment that we need to return again for our last show before summer. Rather than the heavier sound featured on the likes of Calyx & Teebee’s recent Fabriclive 76 mix CD, we push for more vocal-driven tracks that convey the element of rolling soul and tough chic that are unique to DnB. As well as brand new stuff from Lenzman and Tokyo Prose and from labels like Soul:R and Hospital we start with a menacing killer from Matrix from his 1999 album “Sleepwalk”. Read more…

CdV P095 Bass and grime special

This week we return to the constantly shifting frontiers of bass and grime as we feature a heavy contingent of UK artists, but also plenty more from further afield, especially the USA. Stylistically we also cover plenty of ground, starting with a couple of recent tracks that push the boundaries of instrumental grime, like SD Laika and Australia’s Strict Face and then settling back into a run of vocal driven tunes including new material from Roll Deep MC Flowdan amongst others. Keeping it all together are a handful of more traditional tracks that trade in mood and bass pressure. Read more…

CdV P094 Martyn special

It is easy to take Martijn Deykers for granted. For the last decade the Dutch producer has been a constant presence at the forefront of electronica, crossing over from drum n bass to dubstep and then on to house, but never abandoning the tropes of the other styles as he has moved on. Read more…

CdV P093 Abdulla Rashim special

Back to techno this week as we head north to Sweden and the home of the shadowy producer who goes by the name of Abdulla Rashim. Read more…

CdV P092 Max Graef special

Despite only being 21 years old German producer Max Graef has a distinctly mature sound. Read more…

CdV P091 Sonar 2014 Roundup

This week we return to the fold of Sonar 2014 and recap some of the highlights, lowlights and tendencies from this year starting with Japanese all-girl group Nisennenmondai who delivered the standout show with their tight and edgy minimal dystopian techno thrashed out on guitar, bass and drums. Read more…

CdV P090 Dub techno special

Straight after Sonar weekend there is only one type of electronica music we need at Cabeza de Vaca and Scanner FM and that is dub techno. Read more…

CdV P089 Donato Dozzy special

The career of Italian producer and DJ Donato Dozzy has developed much like his music: slow, mercurial, hypnotic and gradually overwhelming. Read more…

CdV P088 Fennesz special

Despite being a prolific artist who is always up to something new, solo albums by Austrian artist Christian Fennesz only seem to come around once in a while. Read more…

CdV P087 World Cup special

Cabeza de Vaca loves the World Cup. It’s a chance to collect a new set of Panini, to go to the pub and watch three matches of elite football every day for a month and to listen to your favourite football tracks, and with every world cup there’s always a new one, usually by Pique’s wife Shakira. There’s no Shakira or Pique here, but no need, as like the World Cup, Cabeza de Vaca likes to range across land and sea to gather in the best of the best. This week we celebrate 50 years of World Cup and football with tunes and styles from as far afield as Norweigan rap, Japanese jazz, 60s rockabilly, 90s electronica and techno and of course the timeless Kevin Keegan. Read more…